On Tuesday night, October 24, the Junior Varsity (JV) Lady Cougars volleyball team faced off against the Glenvar Highlanders in an epic battle to secure the Three Rivers District (TRD) title. They rose victorious! In a 2-up, 2-down game against the girls in green, the JV team, led by Head Coach Kelsey Young, fought hard to secure their first-ever TRD title as the Alleghany Cougars.
“I couldn’t be prouder of these girls,” Young stated. “From trying to adjust with the lineup changes last week and getting our only two losses of the season to coming out tonight and playing like the girls did, they deserved every ounce of being the JV Three Rivers District champions in both regular season and the championship. The girls have worked so hard this year and have adjusted to everything that was thrown at them from injuries to adjustments in rotation. I seriously couldn’t be any prouder of them for the way this season played out and their growth as players.”
The JV Lady Cougars finished off their season with a solid, impressive 22-2 record. Their road to the championship may not have always been easy, but definitely well worth the ride. They worked together beautifully all season long, never phased by their competition. To say these girls were the masters of their craft would be an understatement. They fought hard, showed true sportsmanship on the court, and finished the goal they set out to accomplish. Congratulations, girls!
But the night wasn’t all celebratory. Immediately following the JV game, the Varsity girls got their chance against Glenvar. The first set was really tight, but eventually, the Lady Cougars rose victorious over the Highlanders. However, in the next three sets, Glenvar would rise the victor.
Regardless of the outcome, the Varsity Lady Cougars played with such fierce dedication and prowess that no one could have asked more of them. Since the beginning of the season, they were a force to be reckoned with, demonstrating their teamwork and skill night after night. It perhaps was not the outcome anyone wanted for the girls in blue, but it was apparent they played with every ounce of heart they could muster.
I personally look forward to seeing how they bounce back next year, now that they’ve had the chance to get used to playing together as a team. If this, their first year, could finish with a strong 18-5 record, then the sky is the limit next year! Hold your head high, ladies. You’ve earned it!
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